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CND Warns Against Nuclear Attack On Iran

CND has strongly warned against US plans to attack Iran, as revealed by Seymour Hersh in the most recent edition of the New Yorker magazine. Mr Hersh writes that an attack on Iran would likely occur regardless of the diplomatic outcome of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme, as US President George Bush is intent on achieving regime change in Iran. One option reportedly under strong consideration by the US administration involves the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon. Hersh reports that many military officials are considering resigning after their attempts to remove nuclear weapons from the war plan failed. Kate Hudson, Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said, “It is unconscionable that the Bush administration is considering attacking Iran with nuclear weapons. Beyond the obvious hypocrisy of using nuclear weapons to allegedly prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, it is illegal for the US to even threaten the use of such weapons. After three years of intensive IAEA investigations, nothing has been found to suggest that Iran has now, or has ever had, a nuclear weapons programme. ” She continued, “The US is pursuing a line with Iran that seems to exclude any possibility of a compromise, and fails to recognise the fact that Iran has gone well beyond the limits of what it is formally required to do in terms of inspections. It is difficult to avoid the parallel with the run up to the invasion of Iraq, where UN weapons inspectors were asking for more time for inspections, and the US denied this, preferring instead to hasten into an illegal war on baseless charges.” “Past IAEA inspections of other NPT non-nuclear signatories, who have full control of their fuel cycles, have taken up to six years. It would seem appropriate to allow inspections and negotiations to continue, rather than the extraordinary pressure and haste which is being applied to Iran.”